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in kabul which has many u.s. officials baffled because they drove apparently right into the heart of taliban territory. these were not rookies. they were not cowboys. they were experienced sailors, experienced service members in afghanistan. and nobody figures out how they make that mistake. the taliban claims they killed one and held another hostage. u.s. can't confirm that. but intense search is under way and talking about pakistan, u.s. military officials are deeply concerned that the taliban may try to spirit the two sailors out of afghanistan into pakistan well out of the u.s. military's reach. >> all right. jim miklaszewski, a busy day at the pentagon today for you. we'll be checking with you again. thanks very much. >>> bp executives are publicly saying no decision made on the future of tony hayward but the much-criticized ceo is said to be out. what are we hearing from bp on this? i mean, in many cases, i don't think anybody's shocked that hayward is going to be out of a job by the end of the year because of the public relations fiasco. how quickly will this happen? >> rep
right. mike viqueira on the white house lawn, thanks very much. >>> new reports of just how much the u.s. paid that iranian scientist for secrets of iran's nuclear program. jim miklaszewski joins us from the pentagon. mick, the numbers are staggering. the cia paid $5 million and one report said offered him $50 million to not return to iran. do we know how true the report is? >> reporter: the claim from the iranian nuclear scientist himself and no basis to that fact but u.s. officials confirm that the cia paid this nuclear scientist $5 million after the scientist defected to the united states but he's now returning to teheran. good news here according to u.s. officials is this person cannot get the hands on that money. he returned to teheran overnight a hero's welcome and reunion with his wife and son who may have been in danger back there in iran but the money is in frozen accounts controlled by the u.s. government for the time being. one of the big questions here, chuck, is once sanctions if they're ever lifted on iran would he then have the ability to get at that $5 million? but there'
to the cold war. u.s. officials appear on the verge of swapping alleged agents with moscow. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. pete, round up the usual suspects. we're suddenly still have spies in moscow and handle this case? >> reporter: well, so it would appear. we can't say that for 100% certain and sure looks that way now. there are two sort of things happening. the first is the defendants have all been brought together in new york for a hearing today. they could well plead guilty. this is a very fast-moving case. the government just filed the indictment against them yesterday after the earlier criminal charges filed. they will be in court. first chance to plead and may plead guilty. if that happens, then we go to step two which is at least in the works a swap. those ten, perhaps not all, but most of those ten in exchange for ten people held in russia charged by the russians with spying for the u.s. now, on the old days, chuck, they would have been brought to the bridge of spies in berlin but that's no longer a divided city and could be happening very fast in vienna. a man
drama that started with the arrests nearly two weeks ago now has ended with a flight out of the u.s. and a spy swap straight out of the movies. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. well, pete, i'm sure you're sorry to see this story go. tell us how it went down in the final hours. >> still a bit up in the air quite rit rally because the ten russian spies on their way to russia. the plane left new york last night. landed in vienna this morning meeting the plane from russia carrying the four exchanged to the west. they were swapped on the tarmac and then both planes took off. the russian plane now on its way with the ten and some of their children, savannah. american authorities worked out with the russians that the couples that had children here in the u.s. could take their children with them. the children are, of course, american citizens born here and free to come back. the ten agreed as part of the plea eagreement to not enter th u.s. without permission. they gave the real names in their real russian names. admitted to a single charge that they were secret agents. they we
from the pentagon. mick, such a fascinating story. iran claimed this scientist was abducted. the u.s. says that isn't what happened. what's going on here? >> savannahs, even in the an nals of spydom this sister roy is somewhat bizarre. this iranian nuclear scientist, shar ran amiri disappeared with a year ago. he turned up here in the u.s. where he reportedly shared some of the secrets of iran's nuclear weapons program with u.s. government officials. iran claimed as you said that amiri had actually been kidnapped and tortured by the cia. but even as late as yesterday, secretary of state hillary clinton denied that saying amir riff here of his own free will and could leave at any time. all that played out as amiri showed up at the iranian intersection here in washington earlier this week saying he wanted to return to iran and as far as we know, he is on his way this morning. what makes this case strange is over the course of the past several months, amiri released three videos, one saying he was kidnapped and tortured, the second saying he was attending graduate school voluntarily in
with the general. i talked with afghan police officers and civilians. i talked to members of the u.s. military here all the way down to a private first class. people on the guns at the front lines of those police check points around kandahar city. they've been very willing to talk. the ground rules have been very, very open. and i think that what they essentially want the media to be able to convey of what they've been doing is nuisanced. not just offensive to offensive to offensive. they have a governance piece that explains that deadline and that explains most of what they do every day. >> you know, two things that jumped out at me in "the rolling stone" piece that we have not talked about enough but general mcchrystal's assessment of marjah and doing government in a box and second part was some quotes from some soldiers who didn't like general mcchrystal's rules of engagement. after talking with folks on the ground in kandahar, what have you heard and what they want general petraeus to do? second, what have they learned from marjah they think they can do better in kandahar? >> two really good qu
that we would have lost 1 million jobs in the auto industry had the u.s. government not intervened and looking at how the auto industry added jobs instead of shedding 300,000 as it did before the intervention. again, saying, yeah, a rainstorm outside and would be a hurricane if we hadn't did what we had done. not an easy argument to make. >> no. indeed. john harwood, cnbc, thank you so much for the report on the new numbers just out last hour. thanks. >>> all right. at the pentagon, a new report that shocks but in some ways does not surprise. an alarming rate of suicides in the army after a force that's been at war for nine years. the suicide rate is at the highest number in 30 years now. more than 1,700 soldiers aterveted suicide last year. 160 succeeded. nbc's jim miklaszewski following this live from the pentagon. throughout this report, it really portrays a fighting force that is under tremendous stress. >> reporter: and it's not just suicide, savannah. criminal activities, alcohol abuse by soldiers not only in the field but once they return home from the war, and are garrisone
to the u.s. to finally face justice. nbc's stephanie gosk following the case from msnbc headquarters in new york. so what's going on here? is he ever going to face criminal charges from the u.s. justice system? >> reporter: he could still, chuck, right now. he won't be arrested again in switzerland. he can go back to france. france does not extradite the citizens. he is a citizen there. there are other countries in the world with extradition treaties with the u.s. and should he travel to one of those countries then u.s. officials say they're going to pursue an extradition. so he is not -- he is by no means free and clear. but for the moment, he's no longer under house arrest. you know, the officials both in l.a. and washington had quite a bit to say about this yesterday. the los angeles district attorney called this a disservice to justice and at the state department a spokesman there said this. >> 13-year-old girl was drugged and raped by an adult. this is not a matter of technicality. >> reporter: this is the issue. when he says not a matter of technicality, the swiss officials saying bec
in the process. >>> and the u.s. versus arizona. an epic constitutional showdown over immigration. we'll consult the lawyer who argued bush versus gore. >>> it is july 7th, 2010. i'm chuck todd live here in aspen. >> good morning, i'm savannah guthrie live in washington. we'll explain why chuck is in aspen in a moment, but first, we'll get right to the rundown. we are going to start with the white house and what some say is the president's end run around congress. he will install donald burrway to run medicare and medicaid today in a recess pointment to help him avoid a messy confrontation process. mike baa caro is joining us from the white house. the white house says republicans left them no choice. >> reporter: right. they call it typical washington game playing. they say it was clear the republicans were going to stall as long as they could. savannah, it is right there in article 2, section 2, of the constitution. the president can make recess pointments when the congress is in recess as it is this week, and that individual would sherve until the end of the next session. that's donald burwick
to make the leap from the governor's mansion to the u.s. senate. mark murray is nbc's dupty political director. the west virginia legislature cleared the way manchin will announce but there's a wrinkle. tell us about it. >> absolutely. first back grown. 10:00 this morning governor joe manchin, democrat of west virginia, ask going to likely anoubs the bid for the senate. this comes after the west virginia legislature passed legislation setting up a november 2nd special election with primaries later in august. however, there was one interesting twist. the legislation actually allowed republican congresswoman shelly moore-capido to hold on to the house seat and run for this senate bid at the same time. cap do would be republican's best chance to possibly be able to beat joe manchin in november. she's seen as the strongest republican. it would be interesting to see what she does. the filing deadline at the end of this week and certainly a matchup would be a battle for this seat. >> all right. political watchers like mark murray and chuck todd quite excited about that race. >> 37 senate se
's the -- one of the things that is one of the strengths of the u.s. economy is the flexibility, the mobility. these are thing these don't have in europe what steve is talking about, it is a wrenching process, nobody wants to minimize the affects on people but it is part of the healing process. >> that process you described, this correction, necessarily mean we are in a recession or can it happen while a recovery is going on? >> those words don't -- it's very hard -- it would be easy to do this if the thing were growing shall the reason it isn't growing is because we have to do all these things all at once and people are in the wrong industries, in the wrong place, they are price ted wrong level and all that has to be fixed. and it just takes time. you can't be in expansion when do you that. >> think about it an engine with six sill linders in it, that is the productive capacities of the economy. we can only grow at a certain speed because those cylinders are down. you build houses that don't sell they sit there as idle capacity. we have to replace that with something else when it isn't worki
spy in the u.s. "the washington post" reports a day before the fbi sweep, anna chapman phoned her father, a kgb veteran, saying she was worried her cover was blown. law enforcement was also concerned another of the spies about to leave the country so that's what prompted the arrests. >>> oscar-winning director roman polanski will not be extradited to the u.s. just minutes ago, swiss authorities announced that decision and also said he is no longer on house arrest. he was to be sentenced for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 3 decades ago. >>> one of the nation's most iconic non-profits is under going a name change. from now on, the ymca will be known as the y. the 166-year-old organization says it's ready to adopt the nickname everybody's been using for decades. no word on the song. >> federal express did the same thing when everybody used fed-ex. >> embrace it. >> embrace the nickname and go with it. i don't know. be careful. >> might stick. chuckles. all right. let's move on. >>> been six months since the earthquake rocked haiti leveling more than half of the buildi
. >>> the vice president sat down yesterday with ann curry defending the u.s. mission in afghanistan and also gave a preview of sorts of the u.s. exit strategy. >> we're in afghanistan for one express purpose. al qaeda. the threat to the united states. al qaeda that exists in those mountains between afghanistan and pakistan. we are not there to nation build. we are not out there deciding we are going to turn this into a jeffersonian democracy and build that country. we made it clear. we are not there for ten years. >> vice president biden today with nbc's ann curry. >>> well, in the gulf, oil that seemed to be everywhere a month ago is getting harder and harder to spot. anne thompson is nbc's chief environmental correspondent live for us again in venice, louisiana. anne, we talked about this yesterday. there seems to be a lot of reporting about the oil dissipating more quickly than anticipated but i suppose that sets up a delicate situation as to when to scale down the response by the government. >> reporter: right. and that's exactly what thad allen, the government's point person on the cris
third of bp's assets are here in the u.s. and 40% of their shoir holders are american. and the other thing is, this spill has just -- is dominating everything bp does. and what bp is trying to do today is chart a path forward and restore investor confidence and restore confidence in the countries that it deals with. british petroleum will survive this crisis and so that's what they tried to do here. hayward is stepping down as ceo but not going away from the company. i think that's fascinating. he is going to become the non-executive chairman of an entity bp has in russia. and that's a very delicate position. the other big news today from bp is how much money it lost in the second quarter. it posted a $17 billion loss. it set aside some $32.2 billion to cover the costs of this spill. an it said it is going to sell some $30 billion in assets to help pay that bill. so, today, investors know who's going to lead and how it's going to pay its bills. >> all right. >> all right. anne thompson in the gulf, thank you. >>> well, at the pentagon, they're still surveying the damage from the leak
the office of a u.s. contractor. they said that was meant for david petreus. richard, when general petreus gets there, what is the situation he will find and what has been the reaction of troops to the new commander? >> reporter: first of all about this attack, it's the kind of attack that sends a chill for everyone working in the development sector. the aide workers were in their home, a villa in northern afghanistan when the attack began around 3:00 in the morning. one of the six taliban suicide bombers first blew up his device at the gate of this compound and then a second suicide bomber rushed in and went up to one of the upper floors and exploded a second suicide device and the rest of the militants stormed inside and started a gun fight that lasted for about hours between the guards at the villa and local authorities and the militants themselves. at least two foreigners were killed. a german and a filipino. there reports of a third killed, but so far no word of any americans. this comes as david petreus we are hold arrived here and did not speak to reporters as he arrived. they are t
that bso it's not what i've seen. >> marco rubio, the likely republican nominee for u.s. senate. and hopefully, i know you are in tampa and can't say this but hopefully a 'canes fan and not a gator or seminole. >> i'm a gator fan. >> oh! >> i'm a gator fan and i like harris. >> getting it. >> no, no. i went to south florida. harris has a good future. >> all right. marco rubio, stay safe on the campaign trail. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >>> up next, we already know incumbent is a four-letter word this election year but what about the candidates with ties to wall street? >>> plus, president obama ready to hit the road to help democrats hold on to his old senate seat in illinois. but first, optics. that's our "washington speak" today for how a political decision appears or will be perceived. sometimes politicians tell us they've made a decision that's good on the merits but the optics are bad. >> like everyone thinks we're a member of the class, we don't like these words either. >> i prefer atmospheric. >> it's used way too much. if you have "washington speak" you woul
'll get the take on the u.s. deficit crisis, he is somebody talking about this for decades. >>> plus, the white house pay czar after big banks for paying out big bonuses while the rest of the nation was on the verge of economic collapse. can he get any of the money back? >>> but first, a look ahead at the president's schedule today. it's really brief. no actual public briefing either. no public events. we shall see. it's a friday. expect the unexpected. there's oil out there we've got to capture. my job is to hunt it down. i'm fred lemond, and i'm in charge of bp's efforts to remove oil from these waters. bp has taken full responsibility for the cleanup and that includes keeping you informed. every morning, over 50 spotter planes and helicopters take off and search for the oil. we use satellite images, infrared and thermal photography to map and target the oil. then, the boats go to work. almost 6,000 vessels. these are thousands of local shrimp and fishing boats organized into task forces and strike teams. plus, specialized skimmers from around the world. we've skimmed over 27 milli
-profile military exercises with korea beginning next week when the "u.s.s. georgia" steams into the coast of north korea. there are also some concerns that north korea may, in fact, e resort to more prohavingtive provocative actions as kim jong-il prepares to pass leadership on to his young son in the near future. >> jim at the pentagon this morning, thank you. >>> still ahead, unemployment benefits will be extended, but what is the longer term solution here? we'll have bob casey of pennsylvania. what is it going to take to get americans working again? >>> plus, why senator lindsay graham is taking his republican counter parts and democrats to task. but first, a look ahead at the president's schedule. he is going to the ronald reagan federal building to sign financial regulation. it is a victory lap that he may not get much of because of the other story clouding everything. this is "the daily rundown." and our special fiber helps our probiotics so that you can show those symptoms who's in charge. this isn't even floor. [ elevator bell dings ] imagine that kind of vitality... -- in your skin. [ fem
for mi-6, british version of cia, who helped negotiate the british and u.s. filing of relations with libya and a special adviser to bp. he is the bp official who called jack straw then the british justice minister asking, urging that the british government sign this prisoner transfer agreement. and also, i learned today, also, wrote a letter that we have not publicly seen yet. or making the same request on behalf of bp and, of course, that is a central focus of this hearing. was the bp lobbying for the prisoner transfer agreement a factor in the decision to release the convicted terrorist megrahi. >> michael, david cameron in the press conference overshadowed by shirley sherrod this week but defensive of bp and also said there would be no new investigation and did say that the british government would cooperate with this foreign relations committee hearing so does that mean we'll see more british government officials showing up next week? >> well, don't expect british government officials. my further reporting suggests that the brits and cameron rolled the committee a little bit
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